The Talented Ones
Table|Room|Stage Commission

The Talented Ones

April 25 - May 22, 2017
Morrison Stage

By Yussef El Guindi
Directed by Jane Unger

The American Dream teeters on the edge of the abyss as immigrants Cindy and Omar face their thwarted dreams and unraveling marriage while Omar’s buddy Patrick connives to push them over the edge. In this surprisingly funny dark comedy, trouble erupts one night when bad choices are followed by verrrrry bad choices. The stakes become lethal as these characters manipulate the truth and do anything to justify their desires. 

THE TALENTED ONES is Artists Rep’s first new play development commission for Table|Room|Stage as part of the Oregon Community Foundation’s “Creative Heights Initiative.”

  • Award-winning playwright
  • World Premiere

Oregon Public Broadcasting, Yussef El Guindi radio interview with host Dave Miller

Morrison Stage

1515 SW Morrison St. Portland 97205


“…sharp, instantly engaging, alternately earnest and sardonic comedy…”

Amy Wang, The Oregonian/OregonLive

“…just offbeat enough to be unexpectedly funny in moments that could easily seem dark.”

Shannon Gormley, Willamette Week

“…innovative, darkly funny work…”

Megan Burbank, The Portland Mercury

“…haunting play…the truths are so real and the action so raw.”

“…a play that should have no problems finding its way into theatres across the country.”

Judy Nedry, Judy Nedry Play Reviews

“…carefully weaves together a difficult tale traversing often conflicting ideals and ideas.”

Dennis Sparks, Dennis Sparks Reviews

“THE TALENTED ONES brings the political and the personal together in a dramatic interpretation of the immigrant experience in America, represented by one couple’s failing marriage.”

Maggie Yates, Broadway World



Yussef El Guindi
Jane Unger

Production Team

Luan Schooler
Daniel Meeker
Scenic Designer
Darrin Pufall
Costume Designer
Kristeen Willis
Lighting Designer
Rodolfo Ortega
Composer & Sound Designer
Sarah Jane Hardy
Jonathan Cole
Fight Choreographer
Michelle Jazuk
Stage Manager
Kaye Blankenship
Props Master
Esther McFaden
Production Assistant
Jason Coffey
Board Op
Camille Trinka
Assistant Choreographer